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post #16 of 23
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Thank you all very very much. I'll try to visit a shop bringing along my PC+ODAC+O2 (the power source is a simple toroid transformer converting from 220V) and see if the 550 are ergonomically acceptable. There are a couple of ebayers selling new 1540 and will keep that as an option. I have bought the Maestro as a XMas gift for my kid and will try those too. MD I see as less probable for the cost and not being able to try them (I'll ask the NL distributor if they have a return policy).

post #17 of 23

I was in the same position, trying to find something that I'd enjoy at work... as my HD650s just didn't work.  I tried quite a few pairs of headphones and ended up going with the Beyer T70, they were at a stellar price when I got them, otherwise I'd have gone with the Beyer DT770s.  One big selling point for me were the velour ear pads.  I found that these helped make them much more comfortable over long listening periods.

 

I tried the AKG-550s, bought a pair brought them home and listened every night for a week and just couldn't do it.  They didn't work for me.

 

I will be getting some Alpha Dogs shortly, we will see how they go.

 

I also wouldn't shy away from getting an amp for work.  If you can't swing both headphones and an amp now, get the headphones and use them with the standard outputs.  They won't sound as good as they "could" sound, but when you get an amp, they will.

post #18 of 23
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Originally Posted by Claritas View Post
 

 

If you like HD600, consider Sennheiser Momentum (unless you have large ears, because of its small earcups).

 

I'm curious about the power source you're using for the O2+ODAC. Did you mean the AC-AC power plug or something else?

 

Thanks Claritas, will try them too. I am inept at electronics but have a friend which sounds very knowledgeable and he had me buy and use a simple "toroid" transformer from 220V. Hope that's what you were asking. O2 is TOTALLY silent. I really hate hums :-)

post #19 of 23
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Thank you all very very much. I'll try to visit a shop bringing along my PC+ODAC+O2 (the power source is a simple toroid transformer converting from 220V) and see if the 550 are ergonomically acceptable. There are a couple of ebayers selling new 1540 and will keep that as an option. I have bought the Maestro as a XMas gift for my kid and will try those too. MD I see as less probable for the cost and not being able to try them (I'll ask the NL distributor if they have a return policy).

the O2 is not the most powerful amp, but at 650mW into 32 ohms I think it should power the Mad Dog just fine 

 

ANd in the USA Mr Speakers offers a 15 day return policy, it may be the same for the distributor or... it might not q.q 

post #20 of 23
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BTW, there is a distributor in Netherlands for mad dog. May be you can contact them, https://www.mrspeakers.com/MrSpeakers-Resellers-Distributors

But I am sure the price would be like 300$ + 20% VAT + profit


Wrote to the dutch reseller. Very very kind and super prompt reply but the price of the Mad Dog with Alpha cups S&H included would be 500$ which is a bit out of my reach. I guess this figure is reached by the following equation: US price + S&H to them + 20% VAT + 10% import tariff + S&H to me (15 euros only) + profit. In other words it's not the kind reseller making a lot of profit I think ...


Edited by rjalex - 12/18/13 at 5:41am
post #21 of 23
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Wrote to the dutch reseller. Very very kind and super prompt reply but the price of the Mad Dog with Alpha cups S&H included would be 500$ which is a bit out of my reach. I guess this figure is reached by the following equation: US price + S&H to them + 20% VAT + 10% import tariff + S&H to me (15 euros only) + profit. In other words it's not the kind reseller making a lot of profit I think ...


If you are very keen to get mad dog, then you could ask someone who returns from the US to bring the mad dag with him/her. This way you it will cost only the US price.

 

I am waiting for my Audio GD 15.32 since the begining of this month. It will be delivered by next month. I ordered through a french seller. :blink: 


Edited by rubinstein - 12/18/13 at 10:15am
post #22 of 23
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Ok you gave me a good idea :-) American Head-Fi members ! If any of you brings me a Mad Dog with Alpha pads here in Rome, I'll send over my secret spaghetti recipes, pick you up at the airport and pass you some native roman secrets for your stay ;-) :L3000:

post #23 of 23
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Originally Posted by rjalex View Post
 

Ok you gave me a good idea :-) American Head-Fi members ! If any of you brings me a Mad Dog with Alpha pads here in Rome, I'll send over my secret spaghetti recipes, pick you up at the airport and pass you some native roman secrets for your stay ;-) :L3000:

Oh man that's a tempting offer... 

 

but a good idea non the less. I am fairly certian the O2 would do a nice job driving the Mad Dog, in addition you may be able to find a seller in the US who can ship to Rome. At $225 US +$35 Shipping. Brings you to about $260 US. I'm not sure what the Import taxes are, but I doubt they are going to b $240 dollars. ORdering from the US used might still save you some money over purchasing new from the EU distributor 

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